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Kenyan election official flees country ahead of presidential poll
Kenyan election official flees country ahead of presidential poll

By Duncan Miriri NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a "mockery" of democracy. The resignation of Roselyn Akombe, one of seven election board commissioners, is likely to be seized upon by the opposition to bolster its claim that the Oct. 26 poll will not be fair. The re-run was ordered by the Supreme Court on Sept. 1 after it nullified the Aug. 8 re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, following a petition by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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China's Xi to open Communist Party congress, likely signaling plans for next five years

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday opens a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority with a closely watched address signaling how he intends to put that power to use during a second five-year term. Xi's speech will kick off the twice-a-decade congress, a week-long, mostly closed-door conclave that will culminate with the selection of a new Politburo Standing Committee that will rule China's 1.4 billion people for the next half-decade.

Khizr And Ghazala Khan Denounce Trump's 'Selfish And Divisive Actions'
Khizr And Ghazala Khan Denounce Trump's 'Selfish And Divisive Actions'

Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim service member killed in Iraq, denounced President Donald Trump's "selfish and divisive actions" related to this week's controversy of Trump's comments on consoling the families of fallen troops.

Mandalay Bay Security Guard Shot By Gunman Appears To Have Gone Into Hiding
Mandalay Bay Security Guard Shot By Gunman Appears To Have Gone Into Hiding

Where is Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino security guard shot earlier this month during a confrontation with the Las Vegas gunman?

John McCain, Accepting Award For Public Service, Slams 'Half-Baked' Nationalism
John McCain, Accepting Award For Public Service, Slams 'Half-Baked' Nationalism

passionately defended American idealism and condemned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" that has divided America in a moving acceptance speech Monday evening.

How A New Technology Could Help Find The Next Harvey Weinstein
How A New Technology Could Help Find The Next Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK ― There's a reason women keep quiet about men like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump for decades before numerous sexual assault accusations suddenly spill out at once.

Kenya says all previous candidates can run in fresh election
Kenya says all previous candidates can run in fresh election

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - All eight candidates for the Kenya presidential election that was annulled can participate in the new vote later this month, the election commission announced Wednesday, saying opposition leader Raila Odinga is still considered a candidate because he hasn't turned in the required withdrawal form.

Ariana Grande Shows Off Her New Grey (Not Silver!) Hair On Instagram
Ariana Grande Shows Off Her New Grey (Not Silver!) Hair On Instagram

Ariana Grande Rocks Her New Hair Color While Hanging Out With Boyfriend Mac Miller

Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel spar via Twitter on Harvey Weinstein: 'I look forward to your monologues'
Donald Trump Jr., Jimmy Kimmel spar via Twitter on Harvey Weinstein: 'I look forward to your monologues'

Looks like Donald Trump, Jr. will be tuning into late night this week.

Dove Ad Killed Amid Complaints of Racism
Dove Ad Killed Amid Complaints of Racism

The ad Dove showed a woman turn from black to white after using Dove products

Mugabe hints at Zimbabwe cabinet reshuffle
Mugabe hints at Zimbabwe cabinet reshuffle

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Saturday warned some ministers will be axed in a shake-up of his cabinet amid deepening infighting in his Zanu-PF party over who succeeds him. Mugabe's announcement came amid escalating tension between rival factions jostling to succeed the 93-year-old -- including his lieutenants and his wife. One of his two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko, claimed his counterpart, Emmerson Mnangagwa, had lied about being poisoned at a party rally in August.

Michelle Obama Is Celebrating Her 25th Anniversary With This Sweet Throwback Photo
Michelle Obama Is Celebrating Her 25th Anniversary With This Sweet Throwback Photo

See the Obama's on their wedding day 25 years ago.

How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria
How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria

By Hugh Bronstein and Gabriel Stargardter BARRANQUITAS, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico. The U.S. territory is in a near blackout, its electricity grid shredded by the storm that slammed into the island on Sept 20. Now I have power and they don't," said Santiago, whose flowers are sold in Puerto Rico, at outlets like Costco, and throughout the Caribbean.

Colin Kaepernick's Jersey Hangs In The Same Museum As 'Starry Night'
Colin Kaepernick's Jersey Hangs In The Same Museum As 'Starry Night'

One of the most recent additions to the halls of New York's Museum of Modern Art is a red San Francisco 49ers jersey.

Putin Tells U.S. to Stay Out of Russia
Putin Tells U.S. to Stay Out of Russia's Business

Putin said the current state of affairs between the U.S. and Russia was "below-satisfactory."

China
China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter Has Officially Entered Service

China's Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter has officially entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). "China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense on Thursday," reads a September 28 press release posted on the Chinese Ministry of National Defense website in conjunction with the official state news agency Xinhua.

News Anchor Gives Birth to Baby Boy After Her Water Breaks Live on Air
News Anchor Gives Birth to Baby Boy After Her Water Breaks Live on Air

A news anchor in New York made sure she finished her on-air segment - even after she realized that her water had broken on live television.

U.S. will phase out program for Central American child refugees
U.S. will phase out program for Central American child refugees

By Mica Rosenberg and Yeganeh Torbati NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is ending a program that allowed children fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status in the United States before leaving home. The administration will phase out the Central American Minors (CAM) program during fiscal year 2018, according to a report provided to Congress and obtained by Reuters. The CAM program started at the end of 2014 under the administration of former President Barack Obama as a response to tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum...

Tweeters Skewer 'Feeble' Donald Trump For Deleting Posts After Alabama Loss
Tweeters Skewer 'Feeble' Donald Trump For Deleting Posts After Alabama Loss

The tweets may now be gone, but they are certainly not forgotten.

Is Puerto Rico Part of the U.S? Here
Is Puerto Rico Part of the U.S? Here's What to Know

As Puerto Rico deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which has left millions without power, some are wondering: Is Puerto Rico part of the U.S.?

Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000
Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000

BALI, Indonesia (AP) - Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country's disaster agency said Tuesday.

Twitter conspiracy theory erupt over Prince Harry's 'devil' hand gesture while greeting Melania Trump
Twitter conspiracy theory erupt over Prince Harry's 'devil' hand gesture while greeting Melania Trump

Melania Trump met Prince Harry for the first time over the weekend while attending the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, but one bizarre moment between the two stood out: a hand "signal" seen around the world.

US-backed Syria militia says Russia hit forces at gas plant
US-backed Syria militia says Russia hit forces at gas plant

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces militia Monday accused Russia of killing one of its fighters and wounding others in strikes on a gas facility it captured two days earlier from the Islamic State group in eastern Syria. "Russian air strikes and mortar fire hit the Conoco gas plant where a large number of our forces are stationed," SDF spokeswoman Lilwa Abdallah told AFP. A statement issued later by the militia said one fighter had been killed and six wounded in the bombing.

Trump doubles down on NFL rant, clearly has no idea how all this works
Trump doubles down on NFL rant, clearly has no idea how all this works

If there's anything constructive to take from Donald Trump's continuing crusade against black athletes in the NFL protesting racial injustices in America, it's that he seems to have lost touch with reality. Less than 24 hours after his initial, poorly received remarks that took the league's protesting players to task, the 45th president of the United States is using his favorite social media platform to double down. In a pair of Saturday tweets, he seems to suggest that he's somehow empowered to fire NFL players. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump begins feud with Steph Curry, reaches new level of petty Or maybe he just wanted to bring out his trademark TV catchphrase,...

AP Explains: Why Japan doesn
AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treaty

TOKYO (AP) - Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

Mexico earthquake: rescue dog who has saved 52 lives in her career searches for more victims
Mexico earthquake: rescue dog who has saved 52 lives in her career searches for more victims

Having already save 52 lives during her career, Frida is plunging back into the rubble to find more people. The six-year-old labrador has been deployed at disasters across Central and North America,  participating in rescue missions in Haiti, Ecuador and Honduras. Men's Best Friend, always willing to help <3 My heart and thoughts are with the people of Mexico. �� https://t.co/c9MKapIjIL- riogayguide (@riogayguide) September 21, 2017 Her bravery and resourcefulness has even earned the praise of Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took to Twitter to praise the labrador. "This is Frida," he wrote. "She belongs to SEMAR and has helped save 52 lives in various...

US police fatally shoot deaf  man despite neighbours' warnings
US police fatally shoot deaf  man despite neighbours' warnings

Police in Oklahoma came under intense scrutiny Thursday for fatally shooting a deaf man who failed to respond to their commands, even as neighbours were alerting officers of the man's disability. Officers went to the Oklahoma City home of Magdiel Sanchez looking for his father, who was involved in a hit-and-run car accident. They instead killed the 35-year-old who could neither hear nor speak, according to witnesses. Neighbours said they were trying to intervene by yelling "he can't hear you," to prevent the Tuesday night shooting outside Sanchez's home, but police did not heed their warnings. "As the police pulled up, we was all... screaming at the cops not to shoot,"...

Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough
Macron says Iran nuclear deal no longer enough

France's President Emmanuel Macron declared Wednesday that the Iran nuclear deal is no longer a sufficient safeguard against the growing power that Tehran wields in its region. "We need the 2015 accord," he said of the agreement. Macron was speaking in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, while ministers from Iran the six world powers that signed the accord met to discuss it.

Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House
Mueller investigators seek documents from the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump's oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain
Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain

Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Bangladesh's army was ordered Wednesday to take a bigger role helping hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar, amid warnings it could take six months to register the new refugees. Troops would be deployed immediately in Cox's Bazar near the border where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived since August 25, said Obaidul Quader, a senior minister and deputy head of the ruling Awami League party. Soldiers would help build shelters and toilets for the thousands of refugees still sleeping in the open under pounding monsoon rain, Quader told AFP.

21 schoolchildren among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake
21 schoolchildren among more than 200 dead in powerful Mexico quake

At least 216 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's deadliest ever. One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into one, trapping students and teachers inside.

Prosecutor: Officer justified in fatal shooting of teen

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A Virginia police officer in the Washington, D.C., suburbs was justified in fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who was advancing at him with a crowbar, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday.

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